Small Pets

The Supreme Science Selective Pet Food Range – A Guide

Trent Webb

You want the best for your small friend. You want to keep them nourished and give them something interesting to eat. But there’s a massive difference between what a rabbit or degu thinks is a great breakfast and what actually is. Luckily we may have an answer – Supreme Science Selective.

Supreme Science Selective have developed veterinary recommended species-specific foods. This means you can be sure that your Chinchilla is getting its soya hulls and your senior rabbit is getting its Lucerne meal in just the right proportions. These animal specific diets also offer a handy guide to the kind of thing you should be feeding them, and some pointers on what they could be missing out on if you use a home prepared feed.

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Supreme Science Selective recipes also have the benefit that their foods are formulated with zero added sugars. They (quite rightly) believe that any added sugars can harm teeth, upset small stomachs and cause damage to the skin and coat. So, if you go down the Supreme Science Selective route you know they’re clear – but if you’re using them as a template for home grown feeds be wary of molasses, syrup, glucose and sucrose, while not always common, are not unknown in other small pet mixes.

So without further ado, meet the Supreme Science Selective and see if one’s right for your little furry friend.

Supreme Science Selective foods for small pets

Science Selective Rabbit Food

High fibre is of the utmost importance when it comes to rabbit foods. In the wild, rabbits mostly eat grass, which naturally contains about 20-30% fibre. As a result, rabbits’ teeth and digestion systems have developed to depend on a high proportion of fibre in their diets. Supreme Science Selective has 25% fibre, which is precisely what your rabbit needs.

While ‘forage’ (a fancy term for what they’d find if roaming around in the wild) is the main source of fibre, Science Selective Rabbit contains lots of other tasty, natural ingredients including linseed, which is packed with Omega 3 & 6 that for their skin and coat, and natural prebiotics to help promote friendly bacteria. Think of it as a rather dry Yakult for bunnies!

Key Ingredients: Alfalfa meal, soybean hulls, wheat, wheat feed, flaked peas, linseed, beet pulp, soybean meal, soya oil, monocalcium phosphate, salt and calcium carbonate.

Science Selective Rabbit

Science Selective Mature Rabbit Food

Sometimes referred to as Science Selective 4+, which is their polite way of saying older, or more senior rabbits. It has been tested by vets to make sure it provides not only a tasty balanced diet, but is specifically formulated to support the specific needs of mature rabbits.

Science Selective Mature Rabbit not only has a high fibre count (22%) but it is designed to aid gut motility (the processing of food from tongue to tail end) and is also lower in naturally occurring sugars and protein, which will help prevent obesity in a less active, older rabbit.

Older rabbits can be reluctant to feed as they lose their appetite. So Science Selective Mature Rabbit has Timothy hay and thyme to help stimulate the older rabbit’s appetite. They’ve also added specific antioxidants and Vitamin C help to support the immune.

Key Ingredients: Lucerne meal, soybean hulls, Timothy hay (20%), wheat, wheatfeed, thyme, linseed, flaked peas, soy oil, monocalcium phosphate, calcium carbonate, salt and yeast extract.

Science Selective Mature Rabbit

Science Selective Junior Rabbit Food

Just as the old folk get their own special food, so do the young ones. Science Selective Junior Rabbit contains extra proteins that help support their growth and development. It is fortified with amino acids, vitamins and herbs. These provide a great natural source of antioxidants so your young rabbit gets the best possible start in life. Because of its ‘buck and doe’ targeted formulation, Science Selective Junior Rabbit is also good for pregnant and lactating mums.

Key Ingredients: Alfalfa, wheat, soybean hulls, soybean meal, wheatfeed, flaked peas, spinach, linseed, soy oil, monocalcium phosphate, salt and calcium carbonate.

Science Selective Junior Rabbi

Science Selective Chinchilla Food

Like all mammals, Chinchillas need a balanced diet and Science Selective Chinchilla Food has tasty parsley, plantain and linseed to meet this need. Linseed also helps them develop healthy, shiny coats. High fibre levels are also key if a Chinchilla’s digestive system is to work smoothly. The high fibre count (19%) also help to keep their continuously growing teeth in check by wearing these down as they eat.

Fat levels are also very low, as chinchillas can easily become overweight or worse slip into obesity –nobody wants a chincillazilla. It would be big, but not clever or kind.

Key Ingredients: Lucerne meal (alfalfa), soya hulls, wheat, soybean meal, wheat feed, extruded locust beans, dried parsley, dried plantain, linseed, monocalcium phosphate, salt and calcium carbonate.

Science Selective Chinchilla Food

Science Selective Rat Food

Rats can survive on just about anything, but helping them thrive is another matter entirely. Science Selective Rat includes fruits like apple and blackcurrant because they are rich in natural antioxidants and pack a high vitamin content. Together these promote optimum rat health. Science Selective Rat is also high in polyunsaturated fatty acids while being low in both saturated fatty acids and cholesterol. This blend promotes cardiovascular and circulatory health. Science Selective Rat is also formulated for optimum skin and coat – so they’ll look great too.

Key Ingredients: Wheat, soybean meal, barley, oats, soya oil, dried apples, dried blackcurrants, wheat feed, limestone flour and salt.

Science Selective Rat

Science Selective Hamster Food

Science Selective Hamster is a nutritionally complete diet that combines oats and barley and specifically formulated to meet the nutritional requirements of all hamsters. This highly palatable diet is recommended by vets. Science Selective Hamster offer rich tasty wholegrain goodness and linseed – an excellent and natural source of Omega 3 & 6 – is added to promote glossy, great condition coats.

Key Ingredients: Wholemeal wheat flour, soybean meal, barley, oats, linseed, soya oil, dicalcium phosphate, limestone flour and salt.

Science Selective Hamster

 

Science Selective Mouse Food

Science Selective Mouse offers a highly palatable, nutritionally complete diet for all pet mice. It is packed with wholegrain goodness – which includes hazelnuts, an excellent source of protein. This means your pet mice will maintain growth, stay strong and in good health. There’s even a little bit of apple; a source of natural antioxidants.

Key Ingredients: Wholemeal wheat flour, soybean meal, barley, hazelnuts, oats, dried apples, soya oil, dicalcium phosphate, limestone flour and salt.

Science Selective Mouse

And don’t forget fresh water! Every small animal should have constant access supply at all times. Most need access to good quality hay as well
John Campbell, Head Vet of Pet Drugs Online

Science Selective Degu

Science Selective Degu Food offers a balanced diet complete with broccoli & basil and looks to meet the distinct nutritional needs of Degus. A carefully chosen blend of high quality ingredients looks to mimic their natural diet. Degus need a very low-fat high vitamin C diet, all wrapped up in loads of high quality fibre, which aids healthy digestion and to promote dental erosion. Broccoli and basil provide natural antioxidants which are known for their nutritional benefits – and Degus like the taste!

Key Ingredients: Timothy hay, wheat, soya hulls, flaked peas, soybean meal, barley, linseed, calcium carbonate, soya oil, mono-calcium phosphate, dried basil, dried broccoli, salt and yeast extract.

Science Selective Degu Food

Science Selective Ferret

Ferrets need protein by the bucket load, which is why Science Selective Ferret Food contains chicken and turkey and is 36% protein. All of which is highly digestible. It’s not just meat they need though, Science Selective Ferret offers a perfect blend of ingredients to ensure ferrets get the right balance of proteins, oils, vitamins and minerals. One side benefit is that Science Selective Ferret can help to reduce ferret odours. With added linseed and taurine it helps keep eyes, coats and bodies healthy – from the inside and out.

Key Ingredients: Poultry meal, wheat, refined chicken oil, fish meal, turkey meal, sugar beet pulp, potato protein, linseed, chicken liver digest, soybean oil, salt.

Science Selective Ferret Food

Science Selective Guinea Pig

Selective Guinea Pig food provides a tasty and balanced diet with natural ingredients – including dandelion and fennel. It is high in fibre to help promote healthy teeth and digestion and has added vitamin C to help keep your guinea pigs in tip top condition. Science Selective Guinea Pig also contains linseed, which is a particularly good source of omega 3 and helps to regulate coat shine, thickness and colour intensity. It will also support healthy skin.

Key Ingredients: Alfalfa meal, whole wheat, wheat feed, soybean hulls, soybean meal, flaked peas, linseed, sugar beet pulp, soybean oil, fennel seeds, monocalcium phosphate, salt, calcium carbonate, dried dandelion.

Science Selective Guinea Pig Food

Do it gently

Now small animal tums, like their ‘owners’ are sensitive things. They don’t deal with change well and even the most apparently well intended ‘improvement’ to a diet can cause an upset, so suddenly switching them to a new food could make them poorly. So be sure to introduce any new feeds a little at a time, gradually increasing the proportion of new feeds over a couple of weeks. Once they’re on the new diet, just keep it the same.

This post is an opinion and should only be used as a guide. You should discuss any change to your pet’s care or lifestyle thoroughly with your vet before starting any program or treatment.

If in doubt contact your veterinary practice

And always keep your vet's phone number handy - just in case!